GOLD STAR: Andreas Athanasiou was fully involved in the game and finished with both the game-winning goal and the empty net clincher for the Red Wings in what’s been a frustrating season for the Detroit forward.
It was Athanasiou that got open at the goal line on a nice passing play by the Detroit PP unit and then fired one short-side on Tuukka Rask to give the Red Wings the lead in the third period. And later, it was the pesky Detroit forward again in the final minute of the third with his second goal of the game to take all hope away from the Bruins.
In all Athanasiou played 20:26 of ice time with four shots on net, seven shot attempts and one blocked shot while playing an active game against a clearly tired Bruins group.
BLACK EYE: They don’t happen very often, but it wasn’t a very good day for Patrice Bergeron. He finished with an assist on Torey Krug’s goal and ended up with three shots on net after a flurry in the third period, but Bergeron wasn’t very noticeable for good things in the first couple of periods.
It was Bergeron that got off the ice when the puck was intercepted in the neutral zone on Detroit’s first goal and a little more egregiously it was Bergeron that didn’t get off the ice fast enough on the second-period goal that was eventually overturned on an offside challenge.
He won 10-of-20 face-offs and as always gave it an honest effort in his 18:14 of ice time, but it felt like the quick turnaround in back-to-back games affected No. 37 adversely.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins were actually in pretty good shape after Torey Krug scored the game-tying goal on the first shift of the third period and the Bruins were playing with the kind of urgency needed to win the game.
But a few minutes later Jake DeBrusk tried to make a defensive play with his stick rather than skating with the play and he was called for tripping. That led to a third period PP goal for the Red Wings.
That proved to be the difference in a game where the Bruins power play went 0-for-4 and couldn’t get anything done in a one-goal game that was further decided by an empty net insurance marker.
HONORABLE MENTION: Torey Krug was playing in front of family and friends once again in Detroit, and that usually brings out the best in the puck-moving defenseman. It did again on Sunday as he scored Boston’s only goal that tied the game in the third period and finished with a team-high six shots on net and 11 shot attempts in 21:58 of ice time.
Certainly, it could have been even better as Krug finished a minus-1 and was part of a top power play unit that didn’t produce anything despite four chances against Detroit, but Krug was about as good as it got for the Black and Gold in the game.
On the other side of the spectrum, David Krejci was a minus-2 with zero shots on net in 20:54 of very forgettable ice time for the Bruins as well.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-2 – the Bruins have just 11 regulation losses on the season and two of them are now to the worst team in the NHL this season, the Detroit Red Wings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think it would be good for you guys tomorrow to write a nice story about how great that is for the NHL. NBC, we're on there. How long did we wait to decide?" –Bruce Cassidy, when discussing the offside coach’s challenge after it took three-plus minutes to decide on eventually overturning a Bruins goal in the second period.